Sunday, November 20, 2011
I was explaining to a friend how SparkPeople has many avenues of positive reinforcement for healthy behaviors. "But what can you use those Spark points for?" she asked. I explained about SparkGoodies, and then I heard myself saying, "It's like the stickers kids get to put on a chart. It's an immediate, concrete reward for some accomplishment.
I do feel a childlike glee when I check off my boxes on "Other Goals" --- or when I put GOAL MET and a date by an entry on my Spark page . . . even though it's a tiny baby step. I'm so glad my Spark friends have been teaching me to identify very specific, achievable healthy behaviors to track---as well as setting up many small incremental weight goals. Getting my "stickers on the chart" does motivate me. Hopscotch, anyone?
Friday, November 18, 2011
The spinach quiche I made for a potluck luncheon tasted great, and I was pleased with several calorie-reducing steps I took. These were mini-quiche (2-bite size) with no crust.
I would like your input on the only drawback, which was a lengthy cleaning problem getting the egg out of 48 little compartments in the pans. They were non-stick pans, and I greased them well, but they still required a lot of soaking and scrubbing and soaking again and scrubbing more to get all the egg off.
Have any of you used something else for the crust function (to have the food lift out more easily), besides traditional pie crust? I avoid paper liners . . . both because I'm frugal and because I want to be a good steward of God's creation by not using unnecessary disposables. I would be grateful for any insights or suggestions.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
I woke up this morning and thought, "This is too hard. I cannot do this the rest of my life."
Praise God, I had an answering thought quickly: "You don't have to."
"You only have to do it TODAY."
Then I revised my self-talk to say, "Just make healthy choices for breakfast. That's all you need to be concerned about right now."
I made it through today with pretty good choices. Now I'm going to set up small goals to check off, so the big task won't seem so overwhelming.
I also keep looking at the pages of my friends who have met their goals, WATERMELLEN, SLENDERELLA61, BLESSEDMAZARS, and NORTHWOODSMOM8, telling myself, "They did it, and they're still doing it. It can be done."
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Last year I enjoyed TRAVELGRRL's blogs about the "Spandex Nazi" who made sure her workout class was goaded to maximum performance. (see her blog "Back in the Groove" from June 1, 2010, www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
I feel like I'm having a sample of her sweat and tears now with my own Ripstick Nazi. My middle-school daughter zooms around on this skateboard-with-a-super-swivel device like a graceful ice skater, and she took me running today. I must explain the expressions "she took me" and "running."
I am proud to say I go running, even though my pace is too slow to appear even on the selections for "jogging" in the fitness tracker. I cover the territory as fast as I can while moving my arms and legs (with some walking interspersed), I'm enjoying the scenery moving past, and I get my heart rate way up. I call this going running.
My daughter's coaching style is enthusiastic and relentless. I am sometimes amused, sometimes annoyed, but definitely motivated! While zipping back and forth, around and around on her ripstick (somehow one's bodily momentum propels the thing) as we move along the street and sidewalk in a very quiet neighborhood, she is calling the shots without pause.
"Come on Mom, you can do it, you're going to be thin, faster Mom, that's great, keep breathing, you're gonna walk when we get to the parking sign, you can do it, just a few more steps, you're going to get to wear nice clothes, come on, you know you want this, now walk while I count, don't forget to take deep breaths, get some oxygen, think in your mind about running really fast in a few seconds, you're gonna start running at the next driveway, give it your best now, get ready, 3 - 2 - 1 - go, faster, faster Mom, you can do it, you're going to be so strong, you're going to be thin, you're going to be pretty, I'm not saying you're not pretty now, but you're going to like it a lot better, just a few more steps, don't slow down, faster, keep your feet moving, you can do it, you're almost there, last spurt before walking, last one best one . . . twenty-two minutes solid.
What a gift, what a sweet service to me. How can I fail? She is investing in me, and pulling for me, and propelling me to success. Thanks be to God!
Monday, November 14, 2011
I kept my resolve to have fruit at breakfast (plus lots of onions in my egg), and I had fruit plus two veggies with supper, but I FORGOT (while rushing around and grabbing a quick lunch with my daughters) to have a veggie with lunch. I remembered to be low-calorie and low-budget, but no veggie.
Gotta get those habits consistent, and then it will be second nature. Do I forget to put on my seatbelt? Never forget, no sweat, because for 43 years it has been "no choice." [As the fourth kid, during my childhood I rode in the back seat, and rear seatbelts became mandatory in 1968. Okay, enough on that rabbit trail....]
So now I shall shift to the Sparkgoals chart to record my intentions and fulfillments. These past few days, I wanted to throw those first couple resolutions out here and be very public about it so I was less likely to weasel out or be apathetic. But just so you know, I intend to make myself track all my eating.
You guys have been extremely supportive and encouraging. You make a backslider feel that it's a GOOD THING to be back on SparkPeople. Thanks!
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